12-14-2012, 08:20 PM
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I have been using an Omega boar for some time. It is my first brush and works quite well. However, the knot has just detached from the handle. The handle is wood. Is this common? Is it because I soak the brush before shaving?

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 12-14-2012, 08:24 PM
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I have read the same a couple times on the Spanish forum foroafeitado...

Well , you can glue it back , and I don't think you haven't done anything wrong by soaking them , since I do the same , and I never experienced (so far) any problems.

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 12-14-2012, 08:28 PM
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Just the nature of the thing Peter, they're natural materials, I'd epoxy it back together and use it as usual.

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 12-14-2012, 08:39 PM
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Do you soak the entire brush or just the bristles? Hopefully just the bristles.

If you don't need this maybe someone else does, so please just tolerate me.

Wood is a natural material, and no matter how well sealed it is it soaks up water, expanding and contracting. If you soak the handle, I'd rethink that. But that's me. FWIW, I don't even soak the entire brush with brushes having plastic handles. There's simply no need to do so. Another thing that could make the full brush soak even worse is a hot water soak.

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 12-14-2012, 08:48 PM
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No, just the bristles, deep enough to get most of the shaft without hitting the knot.

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 12-14-2012, 08:52 PM
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(12-14-2012, 08:48 PM)PeterGump Wrote: No, just the bristles, deep enough to get most of the shaft without hitting the knot.

Glue it back , Peter , with a good glue/epoxy , and don't worry.Unfortunately , those things happens once in a while.

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 12-14-2012, 10:20 PM
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Go to the hardware store and get a marine grade epoxy. I soak all my boars for about 10-20 minutes in warm water. However I only put enough water in the cup to come about half way up the hairs. If I'm using a banded brush like the Semogue 1305 or 1438, the water line stops at the banding.

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 12-14-2012, 10:49 PM
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Yup, I'd do the marine grade epoxy as Johnny suggested.

If you have tools you might take the hole down to solid appearing finish, glue, or whatever and be sure it's sealed with epoxy before inserting the knot. I use a matchstick and really work the epoxy around on the sides of the hole to force it into whatever cracks, grain, and whatever else I can't see. Especially with marine grade, you have time before it sets up. Even with 5 minute epoxy you have time. Not much, but you do have time.

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 12-15-2012, 03:41 AM
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Peter,

You have received some really good advice both on repairing your brush and on the future use of it.

Good fortune and cheers.

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 12-15-2012, 02:42 PM
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Good luck with the repair!

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